TxDOT Touts Major Improvemens to Wurzbach Parkway

By Morgan Montalvo


Residents of  San Antonio's Northwest side on Tuesday evening got a chance to view,  and voice concerns about, proposed upgrades to the Wurzbach Parkway.

The two-hour  open house at Oak Meadow Elementary School attracted members of the  public interested in Texas Department of Transportation plans to build  an underpass beneath Northwest Military Highway, as well as add bike and  pedestrian accommodations and unidirectional exits. 

TxDoT  spokeswoman Laura Lopez says the $30-million-dollar improvements address  increasing congestion in one of the city's busiest traffic areas.

"This was the first part of Wurzbach Parkway that was built many years ago, and of course it has developed," Lopez says.

"There have  been a lot of concerns regarding congestion in this area," she adds,  "and so we want to help to alleviate that congestion."     

Lopez says as  traffic continues to increase in and around the busy intersection, "if  we don't do something now, it's only going to make matters worse later  on."

Frank  Calverson, who lives in the area, supports the improvements but remains  skeptical of TxDoT's ability to meet the project's deadlines. 

"Any San  Antonio resident who's paid attention to the Wurzbach Parkway  construction knows it took an extremely long time to complete," he says.  "If they're going to add improvements to Wurzbach Parkway, will that be  more of the same?

"It is a fabulous road to use -it just took way longer than it should have," Calverson observes.

TxDoT  projects a two-and-one-half-year period from start to finish for the  parkway improvements around and under Northwest Military Highway, with  construction to begin sometime in 2019.  

Wurzbach Parkway from Lockhill- Selma Road to NW Military Highway Flyover

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